Customs Strike Still in Effect in El Salvador

The Salvadoran border closure is affecting not only the local industry but also neighboring countries with losses of millions of dollars.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Since last Tuesday, the strike at the borders which led to the cessation of domestic trade, has also affected regional trade.

"The blockade has generated, since that day, the paralysis of trade, not only locally but also regionally, as trucks could not transport import and export products. In the various border posts lines of trucks formed over five kilometres long. More than 4,000 trucks with goods have been stranded, with the consequent loss of 86 to 100 dollars per day for each transport unit, which arso at risk of theft", reports

Hector Fajardo, vice president of the American Federation of Transport (Fecatrans) noted that despite contingency plan established by Salvadoran authorities, large rows of trucks at border crossings remain, causing economic losses.

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